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University of Colorado Launches Mass Spec-Focused Environmental Lab

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The University of Colorado’s Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering announced today the opening of its Center for Environmental Mass Spectrometry.
 
The new lab is focused on the detection of pharmaceuticals, hormones, and other organic contaminants in water as well as evaluating the effectiveness of methods for removing the contaminants.
 
The university said that Agilent Technologies is providing the core liquid chromatograph/mass spectrometer instrumentation for the lab. It said that Agilent’s LC/MS is sensitive down to the attomole and offers better than two parts-per-million mass accuracy.

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